From 1 January 2019 the Privacy Notice and Student Declaration at Schedule 1 of the National VET Data Policy is changing.
The new Privacy Notice no longer requires RTOs to collect and keep a record of student consent. Registered training organisations (RTOs) are still required to provide the Privacy Notice to all students at enrolment. The new format removes the need to record and report student consent, making the enrolment process simpler.
The new Privacy Notice also makes it clear that the Notice is in addition to any other specific requirements RTOs are obligated to provide to their students, for example, under state or territory privacy laws.
The Australian Government takes individual’s privacy very seriously. RTOs using the new Privacy Notice will still be compliant with Australian Privacy Principle 6 as set out in the Privacy Act 1988 in disclosing personal information to NCVER as part of the National VET Provider Collection.
RTOs must use the new Privacy Notice from 1 July 2019. RTOs can commence using the new Notice from 1 January 2019 and can download the Notice to include it in their enrolment materials for all VET enrolments from 1 January 2019 onwards or go to the NCVER webpage for an example of an enrolment form which contains the new Privacy Notice (please note this link will be updated over the coming weeks).